Tips For Avoiding A Plumbing Emergency

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Indoor plumbing is a convenience that most people cannot imagine living without. If you want to do your best to ensure that your home will not experience catastrophic plumbing problems, it is important to do some preventative maintenance and take care of problems quickly. The best tips for taking care of your home's plumbing include:

Don't Ignore Warning Signs

Issues such as drips, leaks, or strange flushing may start out as a minor annoyance, but over time they are likely to become big problems. Pay attention to the plumbing in your home, and make it a habit to check the pipes under the sinks and examine faucets for leaks on a regular basis.

Don't Put Off Repairs

You may think that a leak is no big deal, but it can actually put a lot of stress on a faucet, and also allow water and moisture to get into the surrounding area. The last thing you want in your home is a plumbing problem and a mold problem, so if you don't know how to fix a plumbing issue yourself, call a plumber.

Beware of Using Too Much Drain Cleaner

It is not uncommon for shower and sink drains to become clogged; in most cases these clogs can be cleared by using a chemical drain cleaner that can be purchased at almost any store. But many homeowners notice that their drain is still emptying slowly, so they continue to use drain cleaner instead of trying to get to the root of the problem. The overuse of drain cleaner can actually weaken your pipes,and it is not recommended to be used on a regular basis. If your drains are constantly clogged, rent a plumbing snake from a home improvement store, or contact a plumber to do a drain cleaning treatment.

Know How to Turn Off the Water

A burst pipe spewing water or an overflowing toilet are most homeowners' worst nightmares. While you may not know how to fix these issues yourself, you can prevent damage by turning off your home's water main. It is a good idea to know exactly where it is located so you are not running around the house searching for it in a plumbing emergency.

Keep Plumbing Safe in the Winter

If you live in a cold climate, it is essential to know how to care for your pipes and plumbing in the freezing winter months. One of the best things you can do is insulate pipes that are exposed to prevent freezing, since you don't want your pipes to burst. It is also important to remember to turn off your water main during the winter if you are going out of town, so you don't walk in to a plumbing emergency when you get back.

For more information, contact a local plumbing service, like Rapid Rooter Inc.

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